Pan-Seared Lemon-Basil Shrimp with White Bean Salad

July  6, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4 or more
Author Notes

Inspired by a dish I had several years ago at an Italian restaurant, this recipe is so tasty and satisfying. And it’s very versatile – it could easily be served as an entrée or appetizer. I leave the tails on my shrimp – much prettier on the plate, I think. —mrslarkin

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound large shrimp, cleaned and deveined, shells removed, tails left on
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, plus more for seasoning
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • grated zest of 1 whole lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (one) 15 ounce can small white beans, navy beans or great northern beans
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup carrot, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup celery or fennel bulb, finely diced
  • fresh basil, cut into thin ribbons, about 3 fluffy tablespoons-full (set aside a few pinches for the shrimp)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white wine or champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper, lemon zest and a few pinches of the basil ribbons. Heat pan to medium-high. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil. When oil begins sizzling, add shrimp and cook until pink and just beginning to brown slightly. When shrimp are done, remove to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Drain and rinse beans. Combine with diced veggies. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in the remaining basil ribbons.
  3. Whisk together 1/3 cup olive oil and the vinegar and add to veggie mixture. Mix well. Taste for salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon the bean salad onto a platter. Lay cooked shrimp over top. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Garnish with additional basil (and some snipped fennel fronds, if using.)

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2 Reviews

Laci July 15, 2010
mrslarkin, This recipe is beautiful! I love the colors. I randomly ran across this when looking for something to do with some shrimp and basil I have. After I fell in love, I noticed it was you and you had commented on my "three sisters casserole" last week. Thanks for sharing!
mrslarkin July 15, 2010
You're welcome, Laci! Let me know if you make it. In the picture I've used fennel, but I prefer using celery - just my personal taste.